U.S. Advance Units Close on Baghdad

(New York Times) U.S. armored units advanced on Thursday to just six miles from the edge of Baghdad and were preparing to seize the city's airport, the U.S. military said. (Reuters) Army and Marine forces closed on Baghdad from two directions after crippling or destroying two divisions of the Republican Guard. In Iraq's second city, Basra, a tribal leader said, "The popular forces are ready to throw down the regime, but we still have [Iraqi] internal security around us." Units of the 101st Airborne Division entered the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 85 miles south of Baghdad, and were greeted by thousands of residents who cheered and gave thumbs-up signs to soldiers.

2003-04-03 00:00:00

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